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George Orwell and Education

Learning, Commitment and Human Dependency, 1st Edition

By Christopher Hanley


168 pages

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pub: 2019-10-25
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George Orwell and Education usesOrwell’s life and works to address current educational questions. His early life, political awakening and artistic development are key elements in the book’s presentation of Orwell himself as a learner, and as someone whose ideas continue to speak to contemporary debates about human interdependency.

The focus of the book is on critical issues in education, including the idea of universality, the status of young people and the nature of learning. Orwell’s efforts to conceptualise, and artistically realise his own experience, create a platform for exploring current educational issues in their philosophical and political contexts. This book will encourage a re-imagining of, and stimulate debate about an idea of education that is less individualistic, pays greater attention to human mutuality, is politically engaged and ultimately more sustainable.

The book will appeal to researchers, scholars and post-graduate students in the fields of literature in education, pedagogy, educational philosophy, literary theory, citizenship and youth and community.

Table of Contents


Guide to abbreviations

Series Editor Introduction


Chapter one Universality

Chapter two Young Orwell and the Nation

Chapter three Young People

Chapter four Learning

Chapter five Practice

Chapter six Truth

Chapter seven Theory


About the Author

Christopher Hanley is Senior Lecturer in Secondary Education at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

About the Series

Literature and Education

Whilst there is a large array of texts dealing with specific literary texts for educational purposes serving the schools and higher education market, there is very little research on the interaction between education and literature. This series addresses this important and currently underserved area of education and literature, and the different interactions between these disciplines.

Uniquely designed around three strands: literary education and the role of literature in education; philosophy of literature as a function of education; and authors whose writings have represented or impacted on education, the series will start important conversations between the fields of literature, education and philosophy. Each book will draw on at least one of the three strands in order to address the relationship between literature and education from both a pedagogical and philosophical viewpoint.

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